Barbara Friedman, Ph.D., is a psychologist, counselor, Jungian analyst, yoga instructor, Buddhist psychologist, addictions counselor, and Buddhist practitioner providing counseling, psychotherapy, psychology, psychologist, analyst, Jungian analyst, and analysis services in Chicago, Illinois. This provider is committed to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sexual preference, religious affiliation, age, national or ethnic origin, or physical handicap.

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Consultations for Professionals
I am available for these and related workshops, seminars, and groups. Please call or email me with any questions you may have or to arrange a workshop or seminar that will fit your specific needs and interests.

We are all on Fire: The inevitable trauma of human life
The Buddha’s story is notably similar to Jung’s. Both Buddha and Jung struggled through their own intense individual journey to heal duality, and to connect with a universal, ever present and ever changing dynamic source. After discovering a process through which they achieved this connection, they each decided to share their method for the benefit of healing others.

This workshop follows their trauma history and the development of a process of connection and relationship among parts of the self, and between self and others Buddha called his process the eightfold path and Jung called his process individuation

The Controlling Bitch
Why would anyone want to hear a talk about bitches? For centuries we have reviled the bitch. But what would happen if we listened to her? This talk explains that she has a vital message—a warning that can transform our individual lives and help to restore balance to our one-sided patriarchal culture.

This workshop describes bitchiness as a symptom of deeper dis-ease. The bitch, with her oppositional and controlling nature, brings us in contact with the negative side of the patriarchal power dynamic under which we have lived. She has the potential to create personal transformation and social change. The gender wars that took place in the 1970's indicated that the old ways of relating were not working. It took radical feminist bitches to make it impossible for men and women to remain in the old relationship dynamic. As our current world circumstances reveal, this battle continues to be fought.

Power in the Therapeutic Relationship
This seminar examines the power dynamic underlying relationship patterns in Western culture. Dr. Barbara Friedman explores the historical context of the power-over relationship pattern and its effect on the interaction between therapist and client. The traditional authoritarian stance of many therapists is inimical to the nurturing of personal power and is re-traumatizing instead of healing. By developing an attitude of reciprocity and mutual respect, therapist and client can become partners in healing.

Connecting the Paths: Yoga Philosophy, Asana Practice, and Spiritual Psychology
Body, mind and spirit are all entrance points to the deepest truth about being. Come explore these paths and their connection. The practice of yoga—asana, breathing, and meditation—and Jungian analytic psychology have the same aspiration:  a connection to the center point—the source, the ekagrata—the place that allows us to transcend the tension of opposites.

The Jungian Concept of the Complex
In this class we explore the habitual patterns that are hardwired into our brains using both the theory of Carl Jung and modern neuroscience. Complexes will be discussed as patterns that form around emotional life experiences and trauma, especially those of infancy and early childhood.

An Experiential Seminar on Jungian Dream Work:  Dreams, The Connection to the Guiding Source Within
In this series, Dr. Barbara Friedman shares Carl Jung’s teachings to help participants explore personal messages given to them through dreams and active imagination. Using the dream material of seminar participants, the group will explore such Jungian concepts as the Self, complexes, archetypes, shadow, and anima and animus, as well as investigate the personal meaning of the dream images for the particular dreamer.

Pema Chödrön and Carl Jung:  “All Dharma Agree on One Point”
If the ego is well fortified, the suffering is great. The recorded lectures of Pema Chödrön are used to introduce the Tibetan Buddhist practice of Tonglen. Dr. Barbara Friedman will facilitate a discussion of this practice and the similarities between Chödrön’s teachings and the depth psychology of Carl Jung.

The Feminine in Myth and Fairy Tale:  A Jungian Exploration of the Psychology of Women
This lecture series uses mythology and fairy tales as an offering of wisdom from the collective unconscious. Together myth and fairy tale enable us to regain aspects of the feminine that have been submerged, providing us with new energy and strength. Through these stories, we can uncover universal patterns that underlie our experience. Myths and fairy tales help us to access deep psychological meaning.

Basic Jungian Concepts Series
This class is an introduction to the foundational concepts of Jungian analytic psychology. Using Edward Whitmont’s exceptional book, The Symbolic Quest, as the text, we will explore the basic principles of Jungian theory. The class will discuss each chapter in a seminar format.
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